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DE LIMA WON'T ATTEND HOUSE PROBE ON DRUGS IN BILIBID PRISON
[RELATED: DE LIMA ON THE TAKE - DUTERTE]
[RELATED(2): De Lima says linking her to pork barrel scam 'unfair']


AUGUST 23 -YOU TUBE SCREENGRAB: Sen. Leila de Lima will not take part in the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the prevalence of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons, a facility that was under her purview during her time as justice secretary. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday afternoon, De Lima said she was the one who exposed the persistence of the drug trade led by convicts at the national penitentiary. “I don’t think they have a legitimate matter to be a subject of an inquiry in aid of legislation,” the junior lawmaker said. De Lima had several times led raids at the NBP during her time as justice secretary, leading to the dismantling of luxury villas and confiscation of contraband from high-profile prisoners. The facility is under the Bureau of Corrections, an attached agency of the Department of Justice. She said Congress had already investigated the proliferation of drugs behind prison walls. A 2014 raid busted luxury quarters for maximum security prisoners and led to a haul of contraband, including cash, drugs, sex toys, and top-of-the-line gadgets and appliances. The former justice chief then led several other raids, where even more contraband were confiscated each time. “They held hearings on what happened in Bilibid after our raid. The Congressional committee conducted an ocular inspection. So they know why that is happening in Bilibid,” De Lima told reporters after chairing a five-hour hearing on the spate of drug-related deaths since the start of the Duterte administration. “I was the one who initiated that. Why should I be the one investigated? I was the one who took the initiative to do something. I was the one who exposed the problems there, and they know I exerted certain efforts, took some steps after discovering all those in Bilibid,” she said. READ MORE...RELATED, DE LIMA ON THE TAKE: DUTERTE...RELATED(2) De Lima says linking her to pork barrel scam 'unfair'...

ALSO: Furious de Lima slams Duterte 'drug matrix': Is this a joke?
[RELATED: 4 witnesses, bank records proof of Leila’s drug links]
[RELATED(2) Drug lord’s bagman is gov’t witness vs De Lima]


AUGUST 25 -Furious de Lima slams Duterte 'drug matrix': Is this a joke? WATCH DE LIMA ON VIDEO BELOW
MANILA - "Is this a joke, was it a joke? This joke, like most of his jokes before this latest one that he will surely regret " These were the words of Senator Leila de Lima as she assailed Thursday President Rodrigo Duterte's matrix showing her alleged connection to the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons. The furious senator said she was no longer surprised that Duterte tagged her in the drug trade but believes she will be able to prove her critics wrong. "It amused me how his men desperately tried to link me to the Muntinlupa connection flick. Where is the so-called drug link or links in this so called drug matrix?" de Lima told reporters. Stressing that the matrix is nothing more than a list of names, de Lima added: "Like the many tirades against me, these are bound to fail again with all of these trumped up accusations and worst matrix of all time." "Even a 12-year-old can draw such a matrix," she added. De Lima also said that she will no longer dignify the matrix, "which any ordinary lawyer knows too well, belongs to the garbage can." Early Thursday, Duterte released a "matrix" showing links between de Lima and several others allegedly involved in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) under the previous administration. READ: Duterte's 'drugs matrix' tags De Lima, others
Duterte disclosed the document in the early hours of the morning in Davao City after a press conference and visit with journalists at a local park in the city. The names listed in the matrix are: - Senator Leila De Lima - De Lima's former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan - former Justice Undersecretary Francis Baraan - Urbiztondo, Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison
- Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan - Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino - Former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayo READ MORE.... WATCH VIDEO...RELATED, 4 witnesses, bank records proof of Leila’s drug links... REKATED(2) Drug lord’s bagman is gov’t witness vs De Lima...

ALSO: Graft, drug raps readied vs De Lima, cohorts – Palace
[RELATED: Resign Senate post, critics urge De Lima]


AUGUST 27 -DOJ CHIEF AGUIRRE
President Duterte is not about to grant Sen. Leila de Lima’s birthday wish and instead stepped up the attacks against the former Justice secretary.This as Malacañang yesterday said graft and drug-related cases are being prepared against De Lima and those named in Duterte’s drug matrix. One of the wishes of De Lima, who turns 57 today, is for Duterte to stop accusing her of being involved in illegal drugs. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, however, said that as soon as the pieces of evidence have been gathered by the Department of Justice (DoJ), charges will be filed against the senator. “If and when they have been finally verified, the charges made have to deal with graft and drug-related graft once information is actually verified,” he told a press briefing. Also identified in the matrix, aside from De Lima are former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III; Pangasinan’s former governor, now Rep. Amado Espino; Baraan’s brother Raffy; former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu and De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Palisok Dayan. Abella stressed the President’s drug matrix was based on “collaborative intelligence.”
“Actually whatever he comes out with is based on collective intelligence. It’s a collaborative intelligence and so he has certain basis for which we are not privy to,” the Palace official added. Abella said the DoJ has several witnesses who surfaced to prove “certain allegations” against the personalities named in the drug matrix. “They are in the process of taking the affidavits of these particular witnesses, including New Bilibid Prison guards, inmates and former friends of these personalities that have been referred to,” he stressed. READ MORE...RELATED,
Resign Senate post, critics urge De Lima...

ALSO:
China seeks info on Chinese drug suspects in Philippines
[RELATED: China offers intel, equipment to PHL's war vs. drugs]


AUGUST 24 -President Rodrigo Duterte (left) talks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) during the 115th police service anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Manila on Aug. 17. AP
China’s ambassador to Manila says the Chinese government has sought information from Filipino authorities to help capture suspected Chinese drug traffickers in the Philippines and wants a stronger anti-drug accord to fight the menace. Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said late Tuesday that China and the Philippines have swapped police visits recently for joint training and intelligence sharing in a sign of growing cooperation between the Asian countries in the fight against illegal drugs. President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly said an unspecified number of Chinese nationals were involved in the illegal drug trade in the Philippines and that illegal drugs have been smuggled from China to the Philippines. Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown has been the bloodiest and most massive in recent Philippine history and has left nearly 2,000 suspects dead so far. RELATED VIDEOS FULL REPORT RELATED, China offers intel, equipment to PHL's war vs. drugs...

ALSO Lacson: Don't stop momentum of war on drugs
[RELATED: Duterte says ‘no stopping’ of drug war momentum]


AUGUST 22 -LACSON
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said the momentum on the police's war on illegal drugs must not be deterred by any legislative inquiry, as the Senate started its probe on the extrajudicial killings in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign against the drug menace. Lacson, a former police chief, admitted he has misgivings about the Senate probe led by Senator Leila de Lima since the police's war on drugs have started to gain momentum. ''The momentum that the police [have] gained over a short period through life-risking work of fighting illegal drugs must not be deterred by legislative inquiries like what we are conducting right now. Frankly, I have never seen anything on this scale of the current anti-illegal drug campaign under this administration,'' Lacson said. READ: Extra-legal killings hit as Senate launches probe on drug slays Lacson said he sympathizes with the policemen, some of whom seemed to have lost faith in the country's justice system. ''I know their frustrations over a flawed judicial system with unsympathetic, sometimes corrupt prosecutors,'' he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte says ‘no stopping’ of drug war momentum...

ALSO LOOK: New York Times interprets Duterte war on drugs
[RELATED: Palace on NYT editorial cartoon: It's 'sad appreciation' of anti-drug campaign]


AUGUST 25 -Heng WORMY APPLE TREE: Editorial cartoon: on the Philippines’ President and His War on Drugs AUG. 21, 2016 NY TIMES
More than 800 people have been killed since the May election of Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly called for killing drug dealers and users. President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has caught the attention of US-based publication New York Times, amid calls by the United Nations and the United States government to respect human rights and due process. On Sunday, the New York Times published an editorial cartoon showing President Rodrigo Duterte holding a shoulder-launched assault weapon, targeting a wormy apple on the head of the man representing the Philippines. The image, which evokes William Tell's heroic feat of archery, is the latest take of a foreign news organization on the state of the drug war in the Philippines. In the Washington Post, a piece from Kristine Guerra on Monday said that Duterte’s war on drugs "could be a huge problem" as there have so far been hundreds of drug-related deaths. This comes two weeks after the Post published an editorial on the alleged killings of death squads in the Philippines. Duterte's "dictator" persona was effective during the campaign, but “a real dictator,” the Post said on August 4, "is hardly what the Philippines needs." Last week, columnist Maia Szalavitz of VICE questioned why the US is offering funds to "the man waging [the battle against drugs]", as the battle is an "international disgrace…where hundreds of alleged drug users have been shot and killed in recent months.” Szalavitz said that this is an indication that America remains “accommodating of senseless brutality rationalized as drug policy.” Despite criticisms and calls from human rights groups for the war to stop and the government to be accountable for extrajudicial killings, the Duterte administration continued to defend its campaign, with the police alleging that the crime rate has gone down since it stepped up efforts crack down on drugs.READ MORE...RELATED, Palace on NYT editorial cartoon: It's 'sad appreciation' of campaign...


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De Lima won’t attend House probe on drugs in Bilibid


AUGUST 23 -YOU TUBE SCREENGRAB:

MANILA, AUGUST 29, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ 04:52 PM August 23rd, 2016 - Sen. Leila de Lima will not take part in the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the prevalence of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons, a facility that was under her purview during her time as justice secretary.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday afternoon, De Lima said she was the one who exposed the persistence of the drug trade led by convicts at the national penitentiary.

“I don’t think they have a legitimate matter to be a subject of an inquiry in aid of legislation,” the junior lawmaker said.

De Lima had several times led raids at the NBP during her time as justice secretary, leading to the dismantling of luxury villas and confiscation of contraband from high-profile prisoners. The facility is under the Bureau of Corrections, an attached agency of the Department of Justice.

She said Congress had already investigated the proliferation of drugs behind prison walls. A 2014 raid busted luxury quarters for maximum security prisoners and led to a haul of contraband, including cash, drugs, sex toys, and top-of-the-line gadgets and appliances.

The former justice chief then led several other raids, where even more contraband were confiscated each time.

“They held hearings on what happened in Bilibid after our raid. The Congressional committee conducted an ocular inspection. So they know why that is happening in Bilibid,” De Lima told reporters after chairing a five-hour hearing on the spate of drug-related deaths since the start of the Duterte administration.

“I was the one who initiated that. Why should I be the one investigated? I was the one who took the initiative to do something. I was the one who exposed the problems there, and they know I exerted certain efforts, took some steps after discovering all those in Bilibid,” she said.

READ MORE...

De Lima has courted the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies for her staunch stand against the administration’s war on drugs. No less than Duterte has accused her of receiving drug money through her driver-lover.

She reiterated that she was not involved in the illicit trade, saying: “I am sure about myself.”

“I am sure never involved in drugs, I never benefited with anything from drugs. I am not a protector, coddler or drug lord. Maybe others will not believe, but later they would. And those who know me, they know I will never do that,” De Lima told reporters.

She refused to address allegations that she was involved in the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

“Who jailed Napoles? Just answer that. That’s (allegation) too unfair,” she said.

The DOJ handled the investigation of fund diversions under the scam allegedly led by Napoles, leading to the indictment of the businesswoman and several lawmakers./rga

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RELATED FROM THE MALAYA

DE LIMA ON THE TAKE: DUTERTE By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR August 25, 2016 “SHE was on the take.”


COMPOSITE PHOTOS

This was the statement of President Duterte yesterday when asked to specify the alleged involvement of Sen. Leila de Lima in illegal drug operations.

The President said it would be impossible for illegal operations at the New Bilibid Prison, including drug trafficking, to take place without De Lima’s knowledge and even go signal, when she was justice secretary.

“She (De Lima) was on the take. She could not have allowed those things to happen without, ah, for nothing? You must be kidding,” Duterte said in an interview after visiting the wake of Senior Insp. Mark Gil Garcia in Camp Licerio Geronimo in Taytay in Rizal.

Garcia, a police intelligence officer, was killed in an anti-drug operation.

Duterte said it was De Lima’s “sex escapades” that “led her to commit several serious violations of law.”

De Lima has repeatedly denied involvement in drug operations.

The President reiterated he will soon make public a drug matrix that will further explain the involvement of De Lima in the illegal drug operations, particularly at the NBP.

The NBP is under the Bureau of Corrections which is under the supervision of the justice secretary.

Duterte said the matrix includes the names of six to seven personalities including a governor, a police superintendent, an undersecretary Baraan and De Lima’s former driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan.

Duterte last week said Dayan was De Lima’s lover and he collected drug money from the NBP during the campaign period. De Lima ran for senator in the elections last May.

He declined to give other names, saying the matrix would soon be released anyway. Duterte, however, described the governor as someone who had been convicted for a crime and was supposed to be in prison already but had “won this time.”

“Baraan would be key player there. Baraan is a key player diyan and iyung si Dayan,” he added.

Duterte again talked about De Lima’s personal life, saying she had been involved with other men, including someone named “Warren” who he said was one of her security escorts.

He acknowledged that De Lima is single as her marriage had been annulled.

FAIRNESS

Francisco Baraan III, former justice undersecretary, denied involvement in the drug trade and asked for fairness and due process in any investigation that might take place.

“I respect our President, but I am powerless before him. All I ask is fairness and due process, a chance to vindicate myself in a formal proceeding. If a complaint will be filed, so then I will have the opportunity to present my side. All I can say now is that this is something I totally cannot imagine myself being involved in; it contradicts the deepest Christian values I hold dear. I know myself, and in due time the truth will prevail,” Baraan said.

Baraan said the Bureau of Corrections is just one of several DOJ agencies under his “limited administrative supervision,” the other being the Board of Pardons and Parole, Parole and Probations Administration, Office of the General Corporate Counsel.

“I did never oversee, either on the ground or from a distance, the prison operations in Bucor’s seven penal colonies, more so the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. As wrongly reported, I was not undersecretary in charge of the Bilibid. This is a total misconception,” Baraan said.

SWORN STATEMENTS

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he has evidence and witnesses against De Lima and Baraan.

He did not go into details but said the evidence will be presented to the House of Representatives when it starts its inquiry into the proliferation of drugs at the NBP when De Lima was justice secretary.

No date has been set for the hearing.

Aguirre said the DOJ has sworn statements executed by individuals against De Lima and Baraan although he said “it all involves the cause of the proliferation and the neglect that they did, why the prohibited drugs proliferated at the NBP.”

He said one of the witnesses said Dayan collected drug money from high-profile drug lords detained at the NBP.

Asked if De Lima was the one sending Dayan to collect the money, Aguirre said nobody there believed Dayan was acting alone.

Aguirre said only the lieutenants of high-profile drug lords or the bagmen, some inmates, and guards are linking De Lima to the illegal activity.

As to Baraan, Aguirre said information provided by the witnesses said he is also receiving money but said these individuals have yet to execute affidavits. – With Ashzel Hachero

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RELATED(2) FROM PHILSTAR

De Lima says linking her to pork barrel scam 'unfair' By Azer N. Parrocha (philstar.com) | Updated August 24, 2016 - 7:40am 28 2650 googleplus2 0


Sen. Leila De Lima, right, gestures as she talks to fellow Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at the continuing Senate probe on the rising number of extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's "War on Drugs" Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. The senators have opened an inquiry into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by Duterte, with witnesses accusing some policemen of killing suspects and being involved in the illegal drugs trade. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday said that getting linked to the multi-million peso pork barrel scam case involving business woman and alleged mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was “unfair,” stressing that she herself handled the cases of Napoles when she was Justice secretary.

“That’s a rehashed issue. Why do they keep digging old issues? Who is responsible for the detention of Napoles? Then they link me to Napoles? That’s too unfair,” De Lima said in a mix of English and Filipino.

De Lima reacted following President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier announcement to re-investigate the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam case involving Napoles and some senators.

RELATED: Duterte links De Lima to Napoles case

| Duterte promises proof of De Lima's links to drugs in Bilibid

Duterte also claimed that he received information about De Lima's phone conversations between her and her driver Ronnie Dayan that revealed her links to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.

The conversation also provided information on their ATM records, Duterte said.

This led Congress to call for a probe on the senator’s alleged involvement in illegal drug operations inside the prison.

De Lima, however, maintained that she was never involved in drugs.

“The Committee on Justice conducted also a series of hearing twice or thrice inside Bilibid. We had an ocular inspection with the Congressional committee last Dec. 15, 2014,” the former Justice secretary said.

“I initiated it (the probe) so why will they investigate me? I found a way to expose the drug problems there. Don’t they know that I exerted certain efforts, steps after discovering all of those inside Bilibid?” she added.

De Lima refused to dwell on the topic saying that she did not find a “legitimate matter” for the purpose of the inquiry.

She, meanwhile, vowed not to let the allegations against her affect her work at the Senate.

“I’ve always been strong. I’m used to confronting a lot of challenges,” she said.

READ: Leila warns Bato: Be careful with your statements


ABS-CBN

Furious de Lima slams Duterte 'drug matrix': Is this a joke? Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Aug 25 2016 01:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2016 05:47 PM


Furious de Lima slams Duterte 'drug matrix': Is this a joke? WATCH DE LIMA ON VIDEO BELOW

MANILA - "Is this a joke, was it a joke? This joke, like most of his jokes before this latest one that he will surely regret "

These were the words of Senator Leila de Lima as she assailed Thursday President Rodrigo Duterte's matrix showing her alleged connection to the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons.

The furious senator said she was no longer surprised that Duterte tagged her in the drug trade but believes she will be able to prove her critics wrong.

"It amused me how his men desperately tried to link me to the Muntinlupa connection flick. Where is the so-called drug link or links in this so called drug matrix?" de Lima told reporters.

Stressing that the matrix is nothing more than a list of names, de Lima added: "Like the many tirades against me, these are bound to fail again with all of these trumped up accusations and worst matrix of all time."

"Even a 12-year-old can draw such a matrix," she added.

De Lima also said that she will no longer dignify the matrix, "which any ordinary lawyer knows too well, belongs to the garbage can."
Early Thursday, Duterte released a "matrix" showing links between de Lima and several others allegedly involved in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) under the previous administration.

READ: Duterte's 'drugs matrix' tags De Lima, others

Duterte disclosed the document in the early hours of the morning in Davao City after a press conference and visit with journalists at a local park in the city.

THE DRUGS MATRIX


The names listed in the matrix are:
- Senator Leila De Lima
- De Lima's former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan
- former Justice Undersecretary Francis Baraan
- Urbiztondo, Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison
- Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan
- Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino
- Former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayo

READ MORE...

Duterte did not say where the information in the matrix came from.

READ: Solon in 'drug matrix': How can I band with my foe, de Lima?

De Lima noted that all arrows in the matrix connect her Espino -- making the "laughable" insinuation that she works for the congressman, whom she once investigated for murder when she was still Justice Secretary.

De Lima said the case against Espino was dismissed at the preliminary investigation due to supposed inconsistencies in the statement of her underage witness.

"Ngayon sasabihin na kasabwat ko siya. Grabe talaga sila mag-imbento ng kwento, sobrang katawa-tawa," she said. "This whole madness is laughable."
[Now, they're saying that he's my cohort. The way they fabricate stories is hilarious. This whole madness is laughable. ]

De Lima also said she pities the President for supposedly becoming a laughingstock due to his unfounded claims.

"Sa totoo lang, noong mga nakaraang ilang araw, sobra iyung pagngingitngit ko sa mga inilalabas. Pero ngayong araw po, noong nakita ko na po itong matrix, natatawa na lang ako at naaawa sa Pangulo."
[Ove the past days, I was furious with the accusation against me. But upon seeing this matrix, I just the situation funny and I pity the president.]

She also pleaded with the President to stop his "madness."

"Sana po maawa na rin sa akin ang Pangulo na tigilan na po niya iyan. This is already madness," de Lima. [I hope the President would me too and stop this madness already.]
De Lima earned the Duterte's ire long before they were both national officials. Years ago, de Lima accused Duterte of leading the Davao Death Squad, an accusation the now-president repeatedly denied.

De Lima now leads a Senate investigation of the alleged rampant killings of drug suspects amid the government's war against narcotics and criminality.

Duterte has accused de Lima of "flaunting" an illicit affair with her driver, who allegedly accepted campaign funds from drug lords detained at NBP. He said he will not stop until the senator answers for her alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
READ: Duterte won't back down vs De Lima

 
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ANC Live: Furious de Lima slams Duterte 'drug matrix': Is this a joke? ABS-CBN News ABS-CBN News Subscribe2,636,204 Add to Share More 16,687 views 29 236 Published on Aug 24, 2016 "Is this a joke, was it a joke? This joke, like most of his jokes before this latest one that he will surely regret", Sen. Leila De Lima says as she denies any connection with Former Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino, Jr. nor with any illegal drug trade.

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RELATED FROM THE TRIBUNE

4 witnesses, bank records proof of Leila’s drug links Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 26 August 2016 00:00 By Angie M. Rosales and Ted Tuvera



DOJ, PNP START DRUG PROBE ON DE LIMA

It’s not over until its over for Sen. Leila de Lima, even when she calls the claimed matrix and fabricated evidence against her garbage.

At least four individuals are ready to come out to testify against De Lima to establish her alleged drug links as well as a supposed bank accounts that allegedly serve as a depository account for all the money collected from drug lords and other high-profile inmates.


DOJ CHIEF AGUIRRE

“Definitely, there will be bank accounts to be disclosed by them (witnesses),” Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said in a chance interview at the Senate yesterday.

“The witnesses really named (de Lima) and one witness is already finished with his statement. (Based on the information culled from them), there are even bank accounts where they deposit the money but we will go into the details after these (individuals’) affidavits have been submitted to me,” he said.

It was unclear, however, based on the statements of Aguirre, whether the supposed depository account is under the name of de Lima or her alleged bagman, her former driver-lover Ronnie Dayan, but the charges may point to the bankholder’s account in the name of a dummy.

Aguirre yesterday said the DoJ currently has four witnesses, with two more expected and that there are bank documents against the former justice chief. The evidence, he said, would also be presented during the House probe.

“We hope to take at least 6 witnesses’ affidavits. They will be presented during the House investigation on the proliferation of illegal drugs in NBP,” Aguirre said after the initial budget briefing of his department at the Senate.

“One witness is already finished with his statement. Thereare other bank accounts where money was deposited,” Aguirre told reporters, but clarified that the bank documents are not under the senator’s name. This is because the account where the money was deposited was not under their name. They (witnesses) just said they were merely depositing the money in that account.

Asked about the witnesses’ profiles, Aguirre said some are inmates, prison guards, and former friends of de Lima.

“We will go to the details after these affidavits have been submitted to me. The inmates are having a hard time because their lives are in danger. They will be known as the source of documents,” Aguirre said, adding his department is also considering separating the witnesses from the general jail population.

Once drug links are proven, Aguirre said they would file graft or drug charges against de Lima.

Rody bares matrix

President Duterte yesterday morning bared the supposed web of connections linking de Lima in the illegal drugs operation within the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), tagging de Lima’s alleged former lover-bodyguard-driver, a former Justice Undersecretary, a former Pangasinan governor and his aide, and another retired Police Regional Director.

Duterte’s cheat sheet is an attempt link through arrows de Lima, Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino III through personalities such as former DoJ Undersecretary Francisco ‘Toti’ Baraan III, former BuCor Chief and retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 1 Director Franklin Bucayu, De Lima’s alleged “driver lover” Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, Espino’s aide and Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan and Pangasinan first district Board Member Raul Sison.

Without disclosing how transactions are done particularly, it basically described the tagged personalities in the supposed conspiracy that was previously branded by the President as the “Muntinlupa Connection” – which now tends to be more of a “Muntinlupa-Pangasinan Connection” – saying that the narco-funds are coming from the detained drugs kingpins inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

The said matrix cites Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Espino, who is now Pangasinan 5th District Representative, as the “richest politician in the Northern Luzon [who] has amassed unexplained wealth” per Board Member Sison.

Espino’s designated Provincial Administrator, who is Undersecretary Baraan’s brother Raffy, is described in the matrix as one who “was used by Espino to cover all illegal activities”. He was already dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman because of “black sand mining and quarrying”.

“[Raffy Baraan] knew about all illegal activities of [Governor] Espino,” the President’s notes said.

The Provincial Adminis-trator’s brother, USec. Toti, is modified as “de Lima’s trusted USec” and technically the one who is calling the shots inside the NBP as he was the one designated to supervise the BuCor.

As for Bucayu, whose previous designation as the PNP Region 1’s chief is due to de Lima’s touch, was appointed then appointed to be BuCor Chief but eventually resigned due to being previously involved in illegal drugs inside the said bureau.

Bucayu was the BuCor chief during then Justice Secretary De Lima’s raid inside the NBP back in 2014 that exposed the luxurious lifestyles of detained drug lords, notably Peter Co and Herbert Colangco who were recently named by President Duterte as the big bosses of the narcotics industry in the whole country.

'BOSS DE LIMA'

Probably, de Lima’s “closest link” in Duterte’s matrix is her alleged ex-boyfriend, Ronnie Dayan, who is said to be a “case fixer of well-known politicians in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, inside the DoJ and is even referred to as “Boss de Lima”.

Referred to also as a “drug user”, Dayan is said to have been receiving “monthly payola” from Bucayu through a certain “SPO1 Palisoc”. De Lima’s alleged lover’s middle name is Palisoc.

The matrix also notes that De Lima’s material gifts for her rumored paramour - a house and lot, Montero, Kia Sedan, and cash – is under the name of a “dummy” identified as “Ms. Cardenosa”, alocal government employee in Urbiztondo town.

Leila ditches truth to DoJ chief’s claims

De Lima immediately dismissed any truth to Aguirre’s claims saying they cannot come up with even a single piece of evidence “because I am absolutely 100 percent sure of myself, I am absolutely 100 percent sure of my innocence. I have no connections whatsoever to drugs, to the drug links.”

Aguirre himself said he has yet to scrutinize their testimonies as only one has so far executed a sworn affidavit while the rest are still in the process of putting in writing their statements.

“They are linking her. We’re done with one (on his affidavit) and the three others are yet to execute their sworn statements which was supposed to take place yesterday but because of some administrative and procedural matters, this did not push through,” he said.

“The informants have been assisting us with a lot of volunteered information, the involvement of these people. So we have to consolidate all of this information. They should be verified and that’s the only time we are going to prepare the complaints to be investigated by the DoJ,” Aguirre said.

At the very least, the DoJ chief said charges of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act could be charged against de Lima if the allegations of the witnesses could prove to be true.

“And of course (charges on) the violation of the anti-drugs laws,” he added.

The Cabinet official said they are hoping to come up with at least six witnesses’ affidavits and present this in the committee in the House of Representatives investigating the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibids Prison (NBP).

“They (lower house) wanted us to present these witnesses. Roughly it is with respect to the collection of drug monies from these high profile inmates,” Aguirre said, stressing that the individuals allegedly testifying on de Lima’s drug links are the subject of an investigation in the DoJ on why drugs at NBP proliferated during the last six years and this is not particularly focused on one particular person but some other persons.

“Generally (their testimony is on how they get the drug money, the delivery of the money to these high officials of the DoJ coming from different sources not only from the drug lords,” the secretary said.

Aguirre’s revelations came on the heels of the drug matrix released by President Rodrigo Duterte showing de Lima’s alleged drug links.

The said information, according to Aguirre is different from what they have gathered.

“It did not come from me. You know, the intelligence sources of the Office of the President is different. Intelligence and information are deep. So if it is the President who made the information, I’m sure that is backed up by hard evidence,” he said.


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De Lima merely dismissed as rubbish and a laughable scrap of paper that deserves to be thrown to the trash bin Duterte’s alleged drug matrix.

“It’s a mere scrap of paper. Ordinary lawyers know too well it properly belongs to the garbage. Even a 12 year old can draw such a thing,” the senator said, even criticizing the grammatical errors and chaotic manner in the drafting of the diagram which also tagged other officials

“What kind of drug matrix was that? I also haven’t seen anything like this that’s why I’m thinking, can’t they come up with something better? Something more professional looking?” she said in disparaging the said diagram.

“Was it a joke? Like most of his jokes before, this latest one he will surely regret. But yes please amuse me at how his men have desperately tried to link me with the ‘Muntinlupa connection’ flick. Where is the so-called drug link or links?” she asked.

The senator said that she also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the governor based on a murder complaint filed against him by a minor. But the case was dismissed at the preliminary level due to insufficient testimony and evidence.

“Then now they’re accusing me of being his cohort? It’s amazing how they could invent such story. This is so laughable. This whole madness is the most laughable. The truth is I was so angry in the last few days. But when I saw this matrix, I just laughed and I pity the President,” she said.

She said this will be the last time she will be talking about her alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

De Lima, however, found very offensive the revelations on her supposed new boyfriend named Warren Cristobal. There were also photos of the many assets of Cristbol, such as cars and scooters in his name.

“I really don’t want to touch on my personal life. It’s personal and as much as possible should be kept private. For me it’s something sacred. You can only start prying into my private life if you think that it’s affecting the performance of my work. That is always my attitude,” she said.

“He’s part of my staff. He’s part of my security. He was just assigned to me. It’s very, very malicious. It’s plain and simple gossip,” she said, adding they cant’ break her spirit.

Another snippet of Truth from Leila

Another “snippet” of truth in the allegations of President Duterte against his nemesis, de Lima, is that of the existence of a person in her life who goes by the name “Warren.”

Warren Cristobal, however, is not her latest boyfriend as alleged by the President but just among her current staff members, the senator yesterday said.

De Lima, who hosted lunch for Senate reporters and had an advance celebration of her 57th birthday which falls on Saturday, Aug. 27, said her second wish is actually “to have a love life.”

“My first wish is, given what is happening now, I call this madness. I hope the President stops this. I hope he puts an end to all very soon this whole madness. I’m asking this not for my sake, but for the sake of my own family, for the sake of the President himself especially for the sake of the country,” she said.

The senator said the daily beatings she has been receiving, with no let up, appears to be eating most of the time of President, rather than focus on more pressing matters.

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Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

A bagman of a high-profile drug lord inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is one of the government’s witness against former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima.

The same bagman, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said, also linked several military officers, a police general and a city mayor.

Aguirre, however, refused to give further details saying they are preparing for the House inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside Bilibid.

Aside from the bagman, the Justice Chief said there are three other witnesses who have already executed an affidavit against De Lima. The justice chief said these are prison guards and people close to her.

READ: DoJ secures witnesses versus De Lima

President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that De Lima’s former driver and boyfriend Ronnie Dayan have been collecting money from drug inmates inside the national penitentiary.

De Lima admitted her close ties with Dayan but denied allegations of collecting drug money.

READ: De Lima mum on ex-driver’s alleged ties to drugs

Duterte revealed that Dayan was able to buy and build two large houses, one of which was under the name of his sister.

While there are no testimonies saying it was the senator who received the money, Aguirre said the testimony is by implication.

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“Because of the accusation that it was the driver collecting the money, people do not believe that he was doing it without the knowledge of the senator,” Aguirre told reporters on the sidelines of the EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme II Final Event held Wednesday at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.

Aside from collecting money, Aguirre said the witnesses also testified about the neglect of the former officials that led to the proliferation of illegal drugs and various illegal activities inside the prison.

He, however, clarified that the DOJ’s investigation is not focused on De Lima.

Aguirre said their focus is to know the reason why illegal drug trade proliferated inside the prison.

“We are not focusing our investigation [on] any particular individual but definitely when I say that we are investigating ex-officials of DOJ, that include the highest to the lowest.”

“As long as we could show that there is probable cause against them, we are going to file the necessary charges,” Aguirre added. RAM


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Graft, drug raps readied vs De Lima, cohorts – Palace
Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 27 August 2016


DOJ CHIEF AGUIRRE

President Duterte is not about to grant Sen. Leila de Lima’s birthday wish and instead stepped up the attacks against the former Justice secretary.

This as Malacañang yesterday said graft and drug-related cases are being prepared against De Lima and those named in Duterte’s drug matrix.

One of the wishes of De Lima, who turns 57 today, is for Duterte to stop accusing her of being involved in illegal drugs.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, however, said that as soon as the pieces of evidence have been gathered by the Department of Justice (DoJ), charges will be filed against the senator.

“If and when they have been finally verified, the charges made have to deal with graft and drug-related graft once information is actually verified,” he told a press briefing.

Also identified in the matrix, aside from De Lima are former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III; Pangasinan’s former governor, now Rep. Amado Espino; Baraan’s brother Raffy; former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu and De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Palisok Dayan.

Abella stressed the President’s drug matrix was based on “collaborative intelligence.”

“Actually whatever he comes out with is based on collective intelligence. It’s a collaborative intelligence and so he has certain basis for which we are not privy to,” the Palace official added.

Abella said the DoJ has several witnesses who surfaced to prove “certain allegations” against the personalities named in the drug matrix.

“They are in the process of taking the affidavits of these particular witnesses, including New Bilibid Prison guards, inmates and former friends of these personalities that have been referred to,” he stressed.

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‘Sound sleep’

For chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo, he has one wish for De Lima on her birthday: A sound sleep.

“According to President Duterte, Senator de Lima has been having nightmares. So my birthday wish to the good senator is, I hope she sleeps soundly tonight and thereafter,” Panelo told reporters in Malacañang.

More gov’t execs ‘involved’ in drug ops to be exposed

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, for his part, said suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta and his wife Merriam will reveal the names of government officials allegedly involved in illegal drug trade.

The Iloilo couple submitted themselves to Sueno at Camp Crame on Thursday allegedly to clear their names and seek assistance for fear of their lives.

They told Sueno that they have the list of government officials involved in the drug operations, not including senators or congressmen.

According to their lawyer Raymund Fortun, the couple’s counsel, they would provide the names of those personalities and clarified that the Odictas were not on Duterte’s drug’s list.

Sueno, however, clarified that the documents with the list of the names being presented by the couple were highly confidential and now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

He also stressed only the President has the authority to reveal the names involved in illegal drug operations.

Odicta was allegedly one of two main drug groups/personalities operating in Iloilo and included by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on its list of suspected drug personalities in Region 6.

Illegal drugs also a health issue

Abella, meanwhile, said the government is aware that illicit drugs “are not just a national security issue but also a public health issue.”

For this reason, he said, the government, particularly, the Department of Health, is developing rehabilitation centers, including a 10-hectare rehabilitation site in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

“Alongside that was a sustainable farming and sustainable greening programs, so that when the clients come out, they would have been improved. They have not only been detoxed, but they also have learned some skills and also some sustainable things,” he said.

Police have reported that more than 600,000 drug dependents have surrendered to authorities while at least 10,000 have been arrested and more than 700 killed in legitimate police operations.

‘Social justice’

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar, for his part, said the release of the drug matrix proved that the President Duterte is not selective in his aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.

“At least, finally we have so-called social justice — that the President does not excuse anyone — not the poor, not the powerful,”

Andanar said in a Radyo Singko interview.

He added those who have been accused can go to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to clear their names.

“The PNP welcomes personalities who want to clear their names, even before their cases reach the court,” Andanar stressed.

“We are not putting a finality on their innocence or guilt, that is why all those mentioned, you will have a day in court, and you will also have your day to clarify your name even before you get to the courts,” the Palace official added.

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CRITICS of Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday demanded that she resign the chairmanship of the powerful Senate committee on justice and human rights as she herself was now under scrutiny for her alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Lawyer Larry Gadon said De Lima’s credibility and partiality has been tainted following allegations of involvement in the illegal drug trade and rumors about “paramours.”

As this developed, relatives of Warren Cristobal, the man whom President Rodrigo Duterte identified as the new “boyfriend” of Senator Leila de Lima, said there was no truth to the President’s claim that the two had an affair.

“I do hope that these issues will be resolved, these has no truth. to the President's claim that the two had an affair.

“I do hope that these issues will be resolved, these has no truth. His kids’ school performance is already affected,” Luisa Maniquis, Cristobal’s aunt, told GMA News.

Duterte earlier said a certain “Warren,” who the President said used to work in the Metro Manila Development Authority, was De Lima’s newest “beau” after she parted ways with Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, who is now accused of having been her bagman in the national penitentiary.

JINGGOY ESTRADA

Senator Jinggoy Estrada, in his Facebook account accused De Lima of giving a house, three jeepneys and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) to the 40-year-old Cristobal, who has two children, and a wife who is a teacher in Maypajo in Caloocan City.

The lady solon has denied having an affair with Cristobal, but has not made any categorical statement about Dayan.

“Is that evidence of our relationship? My God, this is too much!” De Lima exclaimed during a press briefing, after Duterte revealed that the former justice secretary wrote a letter to former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino.

She explained that she wrote Tolentino an official request regarding the enforcer, but declined to elaborate on the nature of the request.

Gadon, who is also a member of the legal team of former President and reelected Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said that as chairman of the committee on justice, De Lima has the power to influence appointments to the judiciary.

De Lima, a former justice secretary, automatically sits as member of the Judicial and Bar Council tasked to recommend to the Office of the President candidates for appointment to the metropolitan and regional trial courts, the Sandiganbayan, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

“If doubt is cast on a member of the Judicial and Bar Council, how can she administer justice to suspected drug dealers?” he asked.

Gadon added that De Lima’s resignation as justice committee chairman would not mean that she is guilty of the allegations, but to clear the JBC from any doubts or controversy.

CHURCH OFFICIAL

A church official in Cebu also urged the lady senator to abstain from attending the investigations on the rampant killing of suspected drug pushers and users.

Msgr. Joseph Tan, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Cebu, said that even though De Lima deserves to be given due process, she must abstain as head of the investigation panel to avoid casting doubt on the Senate inquiry.

Tan also hoped that the investigations would unearth the truth and determine who are involved in the extrajudicial killing of suspected drug personalities.

Malacañang on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte holds “wiretapped” evidence that could possibly implicate De Lima in the narcotics web within the National Bilibid Prison, along with former Pangasinan governor and now Rep. Amado Espino Jr., and De Lima’s driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Friday said birthday wish for Senator Leila de Lima was “a good night’s sleep.”

“According to President Duterte, De Lima has been having nightmares. So my birthday wish for the good senator is I hope she sleeps soundly tonight and thereafter,” said Panelo.

EXPOSÉ JUST BEGINNING

Panelo added that Duterte’s exposés about the former justice secretary was just beginning.

“Stop? But the President has not even begun. That was just a foretaste,” he said, smiling.

De Lima, Aquino’s former justice secretary, is the highest ranking government official in the National Penitentiary drug matrix released by Duterte.


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President Rodrigo Duterte (left) talks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) during the 115th police service anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Manila on Aug. 17. AP

China’s ambassador to Manila says the Chinese government has sought information from Filipino authorities to help capture suspected Chinese drug traffickers in the Philippines and wants a stronger anti-drug accord to fight the menace.

Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said late Tuesday that China and the Philippines have swapped police visits recently for joint training and intelligence sharing in a sign of growing cooperation between the Asian countries in the fight against illegal drugs.

President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly said an unspecified number of Chinese nationals were involved in the illegal drug trade in the Philippines and that illegal drugs have been smuggled from China to the Philippines.

Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown has been the bloodiest and most massive in recent Philippine history and has left nearly 2,000 suspects dead so far.

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China offers intel, equipment to PHL's war vs. drugs Published August 24, 2016 7:21pm By MICHAELA DEL CALLAR


China is willing to share intelligence information and equipment to assist Philippine law enforcers in fighting the drug menace under the Duterte ...

China is willing to share intelligence information and equipment to assist Philippine law enforcers in fighting the drug menace under the Duterte administration’s anti-narcotics campaign, its top envoy to Manila said.

In a chance interview during a diplomatic reception hosted by the Indonesian Embassy Tuesday evening, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China is also prepared to work with Filipino counterparts in capturing Chinese drugs suspects.

Zhao also said a delegation from the Philippines is currently in China at the invitation of China’s Ministry of Public Security to map out a “specific plan of action” to fight illegal drugs.

“At the very beginning when President Duterte launched this campaign or war on illegal drugs, the Chinese government has been very clear that we would like to be a partner and we would like to be a firm supporter in this endeavor to crackdown on the illegal drug-related crimes,” he said.

“We are ready to share intelligence. We are ready to conduct joint operations to apprehend drug lords regardless of their nationalities. We are ready to provide some equipment to enhance the capability of law enforcement agencies here,” Zhao added.

Duterte, who overwhelmingly won the presidency in May on a campaign promise to eradicate crime, specifically illegal drugs, has said in past speeches that suspected Chinese traffickers maybe operating in the Philippines and that some of the drugs may come from China.

Zhao said China does not deny that there are some Chinese nationals who are involved in illegal drug activities, but maintained that Beijing does not condone such criminal acts.

“Whoever is involved in the illegal drug activities, even if they are Chinese citizens they must be punished in accordance with laws,” he said.

If they committed a crime in the Philippines, Zhao said, they must be punished in accordance with Philippine laws, and if they committed crimes in China they will face the full force of Chinese law, which, according to him, are “stricter” and harsher because they impose the deeath penalty.

No generalizations

In carrying out their duty to apprehend suspected drug lords from China, Zhao, however, appealed to the Philippine government to ensure that these arrested individuals are really Chinese nationals.

Zhao lamented certain “generalizations” that all drug lords and all illegal substances came from China, citing the lack of solid information on certain Chinese citizens who are allegedly involved in drugs.

He said his embassy has directly asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide the identification of the alleged Chinese drug suspects.

“We have been asking the Filipino side that if you find that there are Chinese nationals who got themselves involved in drug-related crimes, give us solid information before you say they are Chinese,” he said.

“We need ID information because they might be of Chinese origin, Filipinos of Chinese origin, or any other citizens of Chinese origin. It is utterly wrong to say that all those drug lords are Chinese,” Zhao added.

Limited info

Except for a few cases, Zhao said the Chinese embassy has very limited information on the arrested Chinese suspects.

“We’re not hiding. We are not protecting them. We promised them that if they committed drug-related crimes, please give us information so that we can identify them if they are Chinese nationals, they are Chinese citizens, or they are fugitives carrying Chinese passports,” he said. “So far, for most of the cases we did not get anything at all.”

Despite this, Zhao said China is “firm” in its stance against illegal drugs and that it is committed to cooperate with the Duterte administration “in fighting the common enemy that we face.”

Zhao also said that China is pushing for a stronger agreement that will bolster cooperation with the Philippines in the campaign against drug trafficking.

He said the existing memorandum of agreement signed by the Philippines and China on addressing transnational crimes may be further strengthened or upgraded with a specific focus on illegal drugs.

“We can have a healthy framework or guidelines for cooperation in the fight against drugs,” he said. “We are looking at that possibility.” —KBK, GMA News


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Lacson: Don't stop momentum of war on drugs Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 22 2016 12:53 PM


LACSON

MANILA – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said the momentum on the police's war on illegal drugs must not be deterred by any legislative inquiry, as the Senate started its probe on the extrajudicial killings in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign against the drug menace.

Lacson, a former police chief, admitted he has misgivings about the Senate probe led by Senator Leila de Lima since the police's war on drugs have started to gain momentum.

''The momentum that the police [have] gained over a short period through life-risking work of fighting illegal drugs must not be deterred by legislative inquiries like what we are conducting right now. Frankly, I have never seen anything on this scale of the current anti-illegal drug campaign under this administration,'' Lacson said.

READ: Extra-legal killings hit as Senate launches probe on drug slays

Lacson said he sympathizes with the policemen, some of whom seemed to have lost faith in the country's justice system.
''I know their frustrations over a flawed judicial system with unsympathetic, sometimes corrupt prosecutors,'' he said.

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''I know as well their enthusiasm to perform their duties in order to accomplish their assigned mission. I have openly and consistently manifested my misgivings to allow this inquiry to proceed and for good reasons," said Lacson.

The senator also acknowledged the dangers policemen face whenever they conduct operations.

''As I have spent almost half of my life in law enforcement, I am not sure how may times I could have been maimed or killed by enemy fire during police operations that I had participated in or the number of times I could have landed in jail while performing my duties,'' he said.

De Lima, in her opening statement for the hearing, said the unabated killings in relation to Duterte's war on drugs has been disturbing.

She said the inquiry aims to look into how alleged death squads could be masking their murders as part of the government's campaign against narcotics.

"I strongly believe that extra-legal killings, whether perpetrated by the state or by non-state actors, must stop. Blatant disregard for human life must stop,'' de Lima said.

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Duterte says ‘no stopping’ of drug war momentum Aug. 15, 2016 ZEA IO MING C. CAPISTRANO


President Rodrigo Duterte (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte said there will be no stopping of the anti-drug war momentum amid criticisms that the drug campaign in the country has resulted to an escalating number extrajudicial killings of alleged drug-related personalities.

During the oath-taking of the new members of his Cabinet in Malacañang on Monday, August 15, Duterte said he will not stop until he has “destroyed the apparatus” of the drug industry.

“I might, lalabas ako dito, medyo kontrabida or with stained hands, maybe soaked with blood, but there is no way to stop it now. There can be no stopping of the momentum until I have destroyed the apparatus,” Duterte said.

(I might, appear the villain or with stained hands, maybe soaked with blood, but there is now way to stop it now. There can be no stopping of the momentum until I have destroyed the apparatus.)

He said sometimes the Philippines are used as a place for the transshipment of illegal drugs where drugs are produced in international waters and are dropped in the country “with (global positioning system)”.

Duterte said the drug operation uses “a big map, digital, real time.”

“And they can zoom in even in smallest barangay. All you have to do is direct their operation, you drop it there, get your money,” he said.

Big fish, small fish

He said small-time peddlers in the side-walks are part of the drug apparatus together with the “lieutenants”.

“Until I shall have destroyed them, we can never, never have peace in our land,” Duterte said.

He also said that he cannot accept the excuse that the poor are targeted in the fight against drugs.

“It’s not the matter of sabihin mong, mahirap lang yan… (It’s not the matter of saying, those are poor…) that cannot be the excuse. Simply, I will not accept it because it would add more problems if you accept the theory,” he said.

He said the “big fish controlling the flow” of the drug operation have “no faces” but only names, which are aliases.

“Hinahanap kasi nila sa akin where’s the big fish? Saan yung mga bilyonaryo? Well, there aint any (They ask me where’s the big fish? Where are the billionaires? Well, there ain’t any),” Duterte said.

He said even if he shows the public of the matrix they have, there are “five blank frames, but no faces, only names, of course they are aliases,” he said.

Duterte also said that he has warned some ambassadors on the alleged connection of their citizens in the illegal drugs trade in the Philippines. The President did not name any country, but said that he has already spoke to the ambassadors on the issue.

“I would not want to elaborate on it because it might ruffle the feathers of some nations. Alam nila ito and I have, for several times, warned their ambassadors, ‘you know, a lot of your citizens are destroying our country’. At hindi ko yan papalusutin (They know this and I have, for several times, warned their ambassadors “you know, a lot of your citizens are destroying our country”. And I will not allow it),” Duterte said.

Communists withdraws support in Duterte’s ‘drug war’

The Communist Party of the Philippines recently withdrew its support to the government’s anti-drug campaign, saying it has become “anti-people and undemocratic”.

In a statement on Friday, August 12, the CPP said the government’s anti-drug campaign has resulted in extra-judicial and vigilante-style killings.

It also said the government has targeted mostly poor people who are allegedly linked to criminal syndicates while “the suspected big drug lords and their protectors are afforded courtesy calls to Malacañang, accommodations in Camp Crame’s guest house and preliminary investigations by the NBI.” (davaotoday.com)


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LOOK: New York Times interprets Duterte war on drugs Ivy Jean Vibar, ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 23 2016 06:49 PM


Heng Editorial cartoon: on the Philippines’ President and His War on Drugs AUG. 21, 2016 NY TIMES

More than 800 people have been killed since the May election of Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly called for killing drug dealers and users.

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has caught the attention of US-based publication New York Times, amid calls by the United Nations and the United States government to respect human rights and due process.

On Sunday, the New York Times published an editorial cartoon showing President Rodrigo Duterte holding a shoulder-launched assault weapon, targeting a wormy apple on the head of the man representing the Philippines.

The image, which evokes William Tell's heroic feat of archery, is the latest take of a foreign news organization on the state of the drug war in the Philippines.

In the Washington Post, a piece from Kristine Guerra on Monday said that Duterte’s war on drugs "could be a huge problem" as there have so far been hundreds of drug-related deaths.

This comes two weeks after the Post published an editorial on the alleged killings of death squads in the Philippines. Duterte's "dictator" persona was effective during the campaign, but “a real dictator,” the Post said on August 4, "is hardly what the Philippines needs."

Last week, columnist Maia Szalavitz of VICE questioned why the US is offering funds to "the man waging [the battle against drugs]", as the battle is an "international disgrace…where hundreds of alleged drug users have been shot and killed in recent months.”

Szalavitz said that this is an indication that America remains “accommodating of senseless brutality rationalized as drug policy.”

Despite criticisms and calls from human rights groups for the war to stop and the government to be accountable for extrajudicial killings, the Duterte administration continued to defend its campaign, with the police alleging that the crime rate has gone down since it stepped up efforts crack down on drugs.

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All eyes had been on Duterte since the presidential campaign, when news of his joke regarding the rape of an Australian woman made it overseas. While beloved by the masses, he became a sounding board for US politics, with international media comparing him to tough-talking presidential aspirant Donald Trump.

This coverage continued as the president spoke against international bodies such as the United Nations—threatening to pull the country out from the union, and the US—calling out its ambassador to the Philippines for allegedly being a “meddler.”
READ: 'Bwisit ako dyan!' Duterte takes swipe at US envoy

International media are now watching the Philippine Senate probe on the alleged extrajudicial killings.

In his column in the Philippine Star, Roberto Romulo cited other instances of negative stories about the Philippines appearing in international media—The Economist said Duterte is “beyond restraint,” while Channel News Asia recounted the story of one funeral parlor owner, that the number of bodies his outlets across Manila handles has doubled.

The negative stories in media about the Philippines' war on drugs, he said, is because the narrative is not coming from the Philippines, but from abroad.

According to Romulo, Filipinos should "continue to communicate the successes our country is achieving."

If the Philippines does not tell its own story, others will, "and we won’t be happy with the results," he said.

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Palace on NYT editorial cartoon: It's 'sad appreciation' of campaign ABS-CBN News
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ANDANAR

MANILA – The New York Times' editorial cartoon on the Duterte administration's war against illegal drugs is a "sad appreciation" of the campaign, the Palace said on Wednesday.

READ: New York Times interprets Duterte war on drugs

In a text message, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said, while it is true that President Rodrigo Duterte "employed drastic strategies," the gravity of the drug menace calls for such measures.

"The drug scourge is now a national security threat and public health concern," he said.

He added, Filipinos see and understand Duterte as a man of action who wants to deliver on his promises.

On Sunday, the US-based news company published an editorial cartoon showing President Rodrigo Duterte holding a shoulder-launched assault weapon, targeting a wormy apple on the head of the man representing the Philippines.

The image, which evokes William Tell's heroic feat of archery, is one of many takes of foreign news organizations on the state of the drug war in the Philippines.


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